empire waist cardigan

Monday, August 03, 2009

Hello, there. Happy August!
I would love to tell you all about our trip to tahoe. And how envious I am of all that get to experience that on a daily basis. And share some photos, considering I took 991 of them. 
However, I am more excited to share the empire waist cardigan which includes a little of this magical spot.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this sweater.  Do I say that a lot?  I think I might. But seriously, this one!  This one has moved up to my number one spot.  It was a piece of cake to knit, the construction was totally fun,  and talk about wearable.  Heck, you can throw this on at anytime with anything.  
I seriously am going to make this in another color.  I would love to make it out of a wool for the fall. 
Pattern:  empire waist cardigan

Yarn:   classic elite provence, 6 skeins, color 2662, crushed violet
Needles:  US 5 and 6
size:  small
And I must mention that photo credits go to my wonderful sister, Lisa.  Who I made hike her skirt up to climb over a fence and climb down some rocks, all for my blog.  Thanks Lisa, you're the best.  (Well, you are too, Shelly.)
Have a great one.

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104 comments

  1. Beautiful sweater! Love the pics. I just perused your day at a time photos....I picnic with my kids in the meadows all the time isn't it beautiful? Did you hike Mt. Rose while you were out here?

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  2. Love that sweater! And, you finished it in record time!

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  3. That is one fabulous classic sweater. Good for you for making your sister hike about in a skirt. When I first saw the photo I thought is was Libby. g

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  4. and here I thought you cut your hair. no! it was tucked into that beautiful sweater! oh, how you inspire us to step out and try something we never would have before.

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  5. It is beautiful, love the color and style. You are a super fast knitter!

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  6. very cute! will add it to me list of things to make!

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  7. Now that sweater I need to make. Need. I adore it.

    You know, I think your next sweater photo shoot should be in the fall in Sedona. I could show you all the good photo taking spots. I'm just saying. :)

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  8. That is totally lovely. I think I may just need that booklet.

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  9. Your sweater and the scenery is lovely ~ your new cardigan looks gorgeous on you!!

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  10. When you first posted about it I thought, "eh". Now, it looks like there's another sweater to add to my list. (I REALLY didn't need anymore!) It's lovely and looks so wearable!

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  11. Gorgeous. Almost as gorgeous as your lovely surroundings!

    What color will you choose for your second Empire Waist Cardigan?

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  12. This is truly beautiful...looks so good on you. Love the photos as well. I am off to check out the pattern.
    (again just want to thank you for the link to Nest, very inspiring)

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  13. SO gorgeous. That makes me want to knit one just like it! (And the scenery is beautiful too!)

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  14. Beautiful! I love the sweater, and the pics are awesome! Thanks for sharing. Real girls hike in skirts ;)

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  15. I love it! I love the sleeves especially. The color is beautiful. I'll have to knit this one up myself :)

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  16. The sweater looks beautiful, I'll have to check that pattern out.

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  17. Anonymous8/03/2009

    What a wonderful sweater! I am a novice knitter, but I'm thinking I just might have to give that one a go.

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  18. so lovely, leslie! this just might be the project to get me back to the needles...

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  19. What a beautiful sweater... and a beautiful location!

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  20. I LOVE IT TOO!!! What a great, wearable knit. Lovely photos, too!

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  21. Knew that was Tahoe as soon as I saw the first picture!
    I am lucky enough to call this "my back yard" (I live in Reno).
    and it reminds me that I must get to the lake before the summer's end!
    cheers!

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  22. absolutely beautiful, I now must knit one!!!
    I agree that a fall one would be fab too.

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  23. This is beautiful! Going to go add it to my Ravelry Queue right now...

    p.s. looks FANTASTIC on you!

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  24. Beautiful sweater and great color! I'm going to add this one to my queue too :)

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  25. oh, e this one, Leslie! so beautiful!
    darn it! another pattern to add to my list.

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  26. What an absolutely beautiful sweater! It looks lovely on you. Now I have to get that pattern.

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  27. I've not yet been too Tahoe...well, unless you count watching on TV (you know, armchair traveling) that Celebrity Golf Championship with Michael Jordan that was on not too long ago...but, your glorious pictures have moved it up on the list of places to go! So glad you had a great time. Delicious family & Mother Earth moments!

    And absolutely love the empire waist cardigan. It looks beautiful on you...the color, the drape, those wonderful sleeves. Yep, totally make this again not only because it was a fun knit, but because a sweater should most definitely be comfy, functional and fit to the wearer's total pleasure!

    Sweet Tahoe Dreams...

    XXOO

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  28. Oh, that does look fabulously wearable! So very cute!
    Your vacation spot looks and sounds so refreshing, beautiful, just beautiful.

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  29. Lake Tahoe looks so beautiful, and so is your new sweater, in such a sweet colour. Very nice.

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  30. it does look great! can't wait to see your next version.

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  31. Very lovely sweater! I have never knit an adult sweater... yet... though I'm sure I could if I tried. This might be the one I start with. I love Classic Elite. :-)

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  32. It's gorgeous! Lovely colour.

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  33. Your sweater is just gorgeous. I love the color! Post more pics from the trip please...no vacation for me this summer, so I must live vicariously through others' travels this year!!

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  34. I am new to your blog, and I love it .I only wish I could knit.Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Wow. That is one fast sweater! It wasn't that long ago when you started it.

    I love the idea of a sweater that I can just toss on over anything. It's too easy to get trapped into pairing a garment with only one or two items of clothing!

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  36. I do love the sweater and the scenery. Great pictures. What about the short sleeves for fall? Are you thinking of making them longer? I'm always a little to cautious and practical when it comes to knitting a sweater for myself.

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  37. Beautiful! I've put this on my list of next to make (once I finish the 3 others I have started). Can't wait to see what your next project will be!

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  38. This cardigan is so cool, lovely details! And thanks to Lisa :)

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  39. it is stunning. and in my favorite colour, it's hard to resist looking into how difficult this pattern may be for me.

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  40. What a lovely cardigan and how practical does it look! I could imagine myself with one at the office in a color that goes with everything... Congratulations!

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  41. gorgeous! The only time I ever want to grab some needles and start knitting myself something is when I see a new sweater you've made. Seriously.

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  42. I LOVE your sweater!!! And I just returned from Tahoe too:
    http://morewithles.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/my-happy-place/

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  43. that is absolutely gorgeous, love the purple, Tahoe is stunning isn't it... amazing what it's our own backyard if we just look!!

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  44. I am so impressed! Seriously I don't know how I came across your blog but I love it. I don't knit, but would love too, I do some basic crochet, but I never in the world thought real people knitted sweaters still. I'm not kidding I thought it was only afghans and hats.

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  45. Anonymous8/03/2009

    你想要到高雄/墾丁旅遊包車或是租車旅遊嗎!!!

    你想了解高雄/墾丁旅遊的景點與住宿資訊嗎!!!

    歡迎你到我的網站參觀與指教喔^^

    高雄旅遊 高雄旅遊

    高雄一日遊 高雄一日遊

    墾丁旅遊 墾丁旅遊

    墾丁一日遊 墾丁一日遊

    墾丁旅遊網 墾丁旅遊網

    高雄縣旅遊 高雄縣旅遊

    阿里山旅遊 阿里山旅遊

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  46. You look great in that sweater! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.

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  47. ETA: When I said, "almost as gorgeous as your lovely surroundings" I was in no way belittling the fantabulous sweater. It's just, man, your surroundings are incomparably awesome!

    I hope you didn't hike too far in your beautiful new sweater. Although, they are made for wearing, of course ;)

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  48. Beautiful sweater!! I am working on a sweater for my husband and this inspires me to finish it!

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  49. beautiful pictures, beautiful sweater!
    i wish i could knit as fast as you!
    and i think you should make it again , it looks great on you...:)

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  50. Oh, thank God you're finally back! I missed you - and ended up buying stupid things to knit without your wise guidance. Ay! (But I hope you had a wonderful time anyway, of course.)

    PS The sweater looks gorgeous.

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  51. It really came out beautiful and the color is so pretty!

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  52. it's a great and wearable sweater! Love the photos on the beach. Fun!

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  53. I LOVE this! So so cute! This is going on my to-do list! Looks like you had a great time! Can you believe it's August already?!

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  54. What a beautiful job! I love the color of yarn that you chose. It's always fun to see it in something other than what the pattern shows. And of course, your photo shoot shows it off remarkably!

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  55. I love your sweater! It may need to move up some positions on my queue.

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  56. What a great little sweater! It's very flattering, nicely done! :o)

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  57. Anonymous8/04/2009

    室內設計 歐化廚具
    系統櫃 系統傢俱
    傢俱 廚具 歐式廚具
    裝潢 室內設計作品
    抽油煙機 廚具工廠

    你想為愛的小窩重新換個造型ㄇ! 你想為甜蜜小窩重新添購家具ㄇ!

    歡迎進入全台灣最具規模的廚具裝潢網^^

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  58. Magical spot indeed! And a lovely cardi to boot.

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  59. This is a wonderful cardigan, it looks so good on. Lovely!

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  60. I have pattern in hand :)

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  61. Beautiful! I might have to try this one...

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  62. Turned out gorgeous! I can't wait to give this sweater a shot in the fall! It's lovely!

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  63. I'm swooning over that sweater--the pattern and color are great! You must have secrets for finishing sweaters so quickly!

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  64. Leslie, I think Classic Elite might have to give you a kickback. Surely sales of this pattern and yarn are surging. I have to admit, I didn't think much of the sweater initially but you make it look like a fantastic find. Can't wait to see what other colors you choose to add to your wardrobe.

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  65. Wow, totally gorgeous!!!

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  66. i love the sweater, and the scenery! amazing- both of them! i can totally see that sweater in many many colors and materials...a appley red, a nice grassy green, a chocolate brown...whoa!

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  67. it's beautiful -and just perfect on you. it looks like it was fun to knit too.

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  68. Oh Leslie, I don't blame you for being excited, it's wonderful. I am excited too, it looks like one of those perfect knits, absolutely 100% wearable.

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  69. YOu know, I was at the LYS this past weekend and kept flipping through this booklet. I ended up putting it back because there were really only 2 patterns that "called" to me - this being one of them. Seeing your amazing version of this really makes me want to pick it up once and for all. Amazing work, as always, Leslie. I love the photos~

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  70. What a lovely photo shoot - looks like a beautiful holiday destination, and that cardigan is simply divine! I LOVE the colour and the classic style.

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  71. Oh man - AWESOME!!!

    I'm such a cardigan lover - I'm going to 'fav' this in Raverly right now…

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  72. leslie, it's gorgeous. now i want to knit this one too. and your sister is such a trooper - oh, the things we do for the blog!

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  73. perfect. just perfect.

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  74. Love the sweater..so cute on you. I'm new to knitting and would like to venture into knitting a sweater. Might try my hand at this. Hope its somewhat easy.

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  75. Anonymous8/06/2009

    簡善琳瑜珈補習班創辦人簡善琳老師,在三十幾年前瑜珈風氣尚未盛行的少女時代即對它產生濃厚興趣少時體質贏弱敏感也因瑜伽而獲得顯著改善,所以立志貢獻所學,藉由瑜珈來達成幫助國人身體健康的願望。高雄瑜珈中簡善琳瑜伽養生會館除了硬體設備在會館環境上建立最精緻、最優質的多功能複式場所外,為避免其他瑜珈教室之師資情況(即投入教學工作則無力再學習進修之窘境),對於師資的培訓與要求更是不遺餘力,所有師資不分資深資淺每個月都要接受新的瑜伽課程訓練,期盼與國際接軌,隨時給予學員最新的資訊與知識。針對初學者教授九大關節操、拜日式、基本功法、淨脈呼吸法等,溫和而緩慢的瑜珈,透過簡單的延展動作及呼吸按摩身體各部位的經脈,奠定初學者學習瑜伽的基礎。會館裡有初級瑜伽、整體瑜伽、哈達瑜伽、養生瑜伽、有氧瑜伽、塑身瑜伽、氣功瑜伽、瑜伽提斯、Ashtanga、孕婦瑜伽、進階瑜伽、體位法瑜伽…等數十項豐富瑜伽課程提供選擇。

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  76. No wonder you want another! Love, love, love it.

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  77. Anonymous8/06/2009

    簡善琳瑜珈補習班創辦人簡善琳老師,在三十幾年前瑜珈風氣尚未盛行的少女時代即對它產生濃厚興趣少時體質贏弱敏感也因瑜伽而獲得顯著改善,所以立志貢獻所學,藉由瑜珈來達成幫助國人身體健康的願望。高雄瑜珈中簡善琳瑜伽養生會館除了硬體設備在會館環境上建立最精緻、最優質的多功能複式場所外,為避免其他瑜珈教室之師資情況(即投入教學工作則無力再學習進修之窘境),對於師資的培訓與要求更是不遺餘力,所有師資不分資深資淺每個月都要接受新的瑜伽課程訓練,期盼與國際接軌,隨時給予學員最新的資訊與知識。針對初學者教授九大關節操、拜日式、基本功法、淨脈呼吸法等,溫和而緩慢的瑜珈,透過簡單的延展動作及呼吸按摩身體各部位的經脈,奠定初學者學習瑜伽的基礎。會館裡有初級瑜伽、整體瑜伽、哈達瑜伽、養生瑜伽、有氧瑜伽、塑身瑜伽、氣功瑜伽、瑜伽提斯、Ashtanga、孕婦瑜伽、進階瑜伽、體位法瑜伽…等數十項豐富瑜伽課程提供選擇。

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  78. Gorgeous pics Leslie! We wait for some others... :-)

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  79. Though 80 odd have gone before me, I add my voice to the chorus: your beautiful sweater! It does seem a perfect part of the picture of relaxing with family.

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  80. I love it!!! Makes me want to knit one.

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  81. love it i think i will be making one of those this fall

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  82. So pretty! I love it and want to make one, too:)

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  83. The sweater is gorgeous! I think I may have to take your idea of knitting on in wool for winter....and then maybe again next spring in a summer yarn. Yours turned out beautifully.

    Don't you love Tahoe? It is so beautiful there. We almost went there for our honeymoon but finally decided on the coast since Tahoe is easier for us to frequent. I am glad you enjoyed it and all it's beauty!

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  84. Wait, wait, wait! I have that necklace! What is it?! I mean, I think I have it. It's probably not as cool as yours.

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  85. And hey! When did you learn to speak Chinese? You really are amazing!

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  86. Anonymous8/07/2009

    That is a lovely sweater. It looks great on you. Donna S.

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  87. That is one knockout cardigan! I love empire detail and I love the colour! Add my thanks to Lisa for the great photography!

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  88. That sweater looks absolutely delicious, I love it!

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  89. It is beautiful and the the backdrop really makes it even more dreamy! You did a terrific job.

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  90. Wonderful photos! The place is perfectly captured. Your sister is very nice. God bless you both.

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  91. Lovely sweater!
    Wonderful color, great style and perfectly done.
    Really gorgeous!

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  92. Very cute sweater!

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  93. 991!! Sweet Love the sweater, looks absolutely lovely!

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